Three Hundred and Sixteen: An Expo I kinda wish I attended


I'll usually attend any event I feel like as long as I pick up a ticket beforehand, or know I can get a ticket on the door. I found out about this expo the day before but decided it was probably best not to attend due to the amount of travel required to get there.

The Expo I was looking at was the big KNIT Show 2011, a knitting and wool related expo that seems to of been running for the past few years.

Not only does it have an array of workshops and fun goings on but from reading up on it you get people selling wool, cake and people swapping their spare wool for other wool, plus many cups of tea!

I was really tempted to go, however Exeter seems to be miles away from everywhere bar Devon (of course) and takes ages to get to on trains. Also the event was on a Sunday it would take 4-5 hours to get there, I'd either have to wake up and get the first train, get there just before it ends or get home super late.

It does sound like an interesting event though, expos and conventions I attend are more focused on games, insects and film/tv, which are absolutely great, but it'd also be nice to go to some more crafty style events too.

Perhaps I'll go next year and plan everything in advance as opposed to finding out the day before!

Three Hundred and Fifteen: More Humble Voxatron and some Indie Royale goodness


So I've just noticed they've added Gish into Humble Voxatron Debut, so go buy it now before it all goes for this insane price!

Also if you head over to the Indie Royale website you can pick up their new bundle which features another great array of games:

  • NightSky
  • Fate of the World
  • Scoregasm
  • Time Gentlemen Please! + Ben There Dan That!
  • Plus all the bonuses, which currently include two other games!

Plus you can get them all for a tiny price! Or of course donate above the average to lower the price for everyone else, and to be an overall above average person! They aren't available for much longer, so go, buy them now!

Three Hundred and Fourteen: Skyrim day!


For anyone out there who has been living under a rock recently, you'll be glad to know that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is officially out today! Worldwide release as well, which of course doesn't happen for that many games.

Bethesda have of course been working on this for god knows how long, I would imagine a very long time as I'm sure they must always have a TES team working on a game, it only makes sense really.

Oblivion came out back in 2006 and was the first Elder Scrolls game with a simultaneous release on a console, this time round Skyrim is not only available on Windows and Xbox 360, but also Playstation 3.

For the past week or so I've been singing the theme in my head, and rewatching the trailer to hear the song, I'm very much looking forward to playing it. However sadly my dragon edition did not get delivered meaning I have to wait some time to be able to play Skyrim, but it is the kind of game that can wait. Giving me a chance to get a little more Batman in before I start my adventure to the northern territories and take on a dragon.

Three Hundred and Thirteen: A right bargain!


A game I've been meaning to pick up since its release is Tales of Vesperia, to be honest I haven't really played many JRPGs for some time now, although if I did I'd probably devote a load of time to Persona 3.

At one point they were my main focus of gaming, I loved finding new JRPGs for my PS1, from Legend of Dragoon to Wild Arms. I couldn't get enough of them, but then as time went on I had less and less time for games that love to suck up your life, even though I did have a stint with SWG and WoW.

However even though I have less time for them, it doesn't mean they still don't become a part of my collection, begging me to play them. One thing with JRPGs other than the Final Fantasy series is that they have fairly limited releases, and Tales of Vesperia definitely had a limited release.

CEX's website claim they sell it for £40, however when popping to Crawley the other day they had a copy on sale for a whopping £60, I knew when I was waiting for it to drop in price a little from the RRP of £44.99 it was a mistake.

However I was lucky enough to find it in my local GAME, plus I had £7.50 on my points card so I reckon £17.49 isn't a bad price to pay for a fairly hard to find JRPG. I'm sure I'll get round to playing it at some point!

Three Hundred and Twelve: A magazine to keep me busy


I've never bought a Crochet magazine before, I of course bought the Crobots book that started me off, and since then I've only purchased individual patterns.

I saw this on the shelf in WHSmiths and decided to splash out and buy it, which amazingly was half the price it was advertised as on the front!

I felt an impulse to buy it as there are a few lovely throw patterns as well as an awesome hoodie pattern inside there amongst a few other nice things, such as a beautiful jumper and the cutest little penguin.

Three Hundred and Eleven: The Long Halloween


I've always been a fan of Daredevil Yellow, the second I read it I know I really liked Loeb & Sale's combination of visual style and great writing, and one book I have been meaning to read is one of their greatest pieces, The Long Halloween.

So I've never really read a huge amount of Batman before, I'm not sure if it's just because I've been more of a Marvel and Vertigo person in the past but I do know there's some great reading out there.

Well with the release of Batman Arkham City I was chatting to someone about it, and next thing I knew I was borrowing his copy of The Long Halloween.

I must say I highly recommend it, I won't go spoiling the contents if you haven't read it already but it features Julian Day (The Calendar Man) as well as your usual Batman characters and features some great lines and dramatic imagery.

Of course if you feel like reading I little Batman you should definitely make sure to read Arkham Asylum which features the stunning work of Dave McKean, and of course The Killing Joke which are must haves for any new Batman fans out there.

Go read some awesome Batman now!

Three Hundred and Ten: A new t-shirt!


So I got a new t-shirt, it's been a while but I bought one the other day off Qwertee and as they're the only UK based daily tee website at the moment it meant I received it fairly quickly.

For any of those out there who are familiar with our spiky friend it's a play on Sonic, Tails and Knuckles in a more realistic form, I've seen the t-shirt around on other websites and I thought I should pick it up.

Plus of course when you order off Qwertee you get a little mini bag of Haribo inside, got some Tangfastics this time round.

Three Hundred and Nine: Uncharted 3 is finished...that was quick?!


Uncharted 3 was only released a few days ago and after spending a few evenings devoted to it, sadly I ran out of game and finished it.

I didn't really expect Uncharted 3 to be a massively long game, but I remember spending quite some time to finish the second iteration in the series; however that said I did very much enjoy Uncharted 3. However when comparing number two and number three especially I was slightly let down with Nate's newest adventure.

Of course with that said, there is a lot that's great with Uncharted 3, however I don't want to spoil the game for anyone who hasn't played it. All-round I really enjoyed the whole game however there were a few specific standout chapters, so to remain spoiler free I will say that I really enjoyed the following chapters:

2, 6, 11, 15, 18, 21

Some were because of puzzles within the chapters others were the set pieces, there were some amazing bits within the game, and some sections even shocked me. I was a little let down with some sections feeling a little cut short, but of course I'm sure they were probably very pressed for time throughout development when creating such a breath-taking game.

Overall though I felt slightly let down by the combat, and the sense of scale didn't feel as great as in the previous game, but I got through and loved the nine hours I spent playing it. I only wish it was double the length and had me playing as the lovely Mr Nathan Drake for longer.

After finishing this masterpiece of a game I do now feel the need to play through Uncharted and Uncharted 2, followed by another play through of Uncharted 3 when I find a little time.

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